Topic Archives: Chocolate

Posted in Avery Brewing, Coming Soon, Don't Miss This

Avery Callipygian, Barrel-Aged #35

Avery Calliphgian Barrel-Aged Stout

Avery Callipygian Barrel-Aged Stout looks to be the 35th entry in the brewery’s on-going Barrel-Aged Series.

Bottling to occur in April, Avery Callipygian Barrel-Aged Stout features vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, cocoa, coffee, and bourbon barrel-aging.

No 35. She was twerking well before the word was in our vernacular. A true trailblazer. A mover and a shaker of monumental proportions. Our muse and inspiration for this full-bodied, bodacious , and well-rounded stout. You know we love big stouts and we cannot lie!

Avery Callipygian Barrel-Aged Stout will be a 12 ounce bottle offering. Limited as every release in the series.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cocoa Nibs, Coffee, Vanilla Beans. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles
Release: Spring, 2016

17.1% ABV

Posted in New Releases, Westbrook Brewing Co

Westbrook 5th Anniversary Chocolate Raspberry Imperial Stout (DRINK NOW)

Westbrook 5th Anniversary Chocolate Raspberry Imperial Stout

Westbrook 5th Anniversary Chocolate Raspberry Imperial Stout has just sporadically hit shelves across the brewery’s distribution network.

One thing is for sure, the brewery love their birthday releases. That’s where Westbrook Mexican Cake got its start. Westbrook 5th Anniversary Chocolate Raspberry Imperial Stout is a 10.5% alcohol by volume imperial stout, brewed with raspberries, vanilla beans and coco nibs.

We’re talking boozy dessert here.

A couple of tasting notes to throw at you. After drinking this one last night, a few of the Beer Street Journal readers mentioned waiting/cellaring before trying this beer. Essentially hoping an aspect of the beer (like the raspberries) would fade a bit from the flavor…. At this point, you don’t really want this beer do you? The beer you have in your fridge right now is exactly as the brewery intended it. So… drink in the boozy bit of berry laden deliciousness in front of you. Don’t wait.

Westbrook 5th Anniversary Chocolate Raspberry Imperial Stout is available now in limited quantities in 22 ounce bottles.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Vanilla Beans, Raspberries, Cocoa Nibs.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles. Limited.

Release: Late-January, 2016

10.5% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout returns

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is next to return to the brewery’s 20th Anniversary Encore Series.

2016 marks the brewery’s 20th year of brewing, and to celebrate the double decade mark, Stone is bring back a few previous releases. First up was Stone Vertical Epic 08.08.08.08 that hit shelves last September.

From their 12th year comes Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. In 2008, hops were in short supply. That constraint forced the brewers (who were used to making hop forward beers) to get creative. The result was 12th, a malt forward beer that features pure cacao added at the end of the boil.

Eight years laterStone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout has been rebrewed to the exact specifications of the original recipe and features artwork evocative of the first time it hit store shelves. The onyx-colored, malt-forward stout offers a thick, rich, roasty mouthfeel and sensual chocolate flavors and aromatics.

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is available in 22 ounce bottles, and draft for a limited time.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cacao Nibs)
Hops: Summit, Galena, Ahtanum, Willamette

Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: 1/25/16

9.2% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Madtree Brewing Co., New Releases

Spotlight: Madtree Rubus Cacao

Madtree Rubus Cacao can

MadTree Rubus Cacao will be available in cans for the first time this week. The beer first appeared on draft in early 2014.

MadTree Rubus Cacao is sweet chocolate stout, featuring cacao nibs from Cincinnati’s bean-to-bar chocolatier, Maverick Chocolate. The beer finishes with a touch of tart raspberry.

“It was important to us to work with a local partner to find the cacao nibs and that led us to Paul and Marlene at Maverick Chocolate,” said Jeff Hunt, MadTree Brewing co-founder.  “Maverick was on-board immediately and very excited to help us find the right chocolate to achieve the flavor profile we wanted for the large-scale release of Rubus Cacao.”

MadTree Rubus Cacao will be available in 12 ounce cans starting at 12 noon on January 7th. Attendees can try Maverick Chocolate offerings.

Beer Street Journal Tasting Notes: Some beers with raspberry can be overwhelming. I.E. Raspberry beer with a touch of stout. Madtree’s rendition is dessert. Hints of raspberry, balanced well with chocolate. 12 ounces doesn’t last long.

Style: Stout (w/ Chocolate, Raspberry)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Distribution: Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Athens and Northern Kentucky.

Release: 1/7/16

7% ABV

Posted in Boulevard Brewing, Don't Miss This

Boulevard Chocolate Ale with Raspberry released

Boulevard Chocolate Ale with Raspberry

Boulevard Chocolate Ale with Raspberry has joined the brewery’s 2016 Smokestack Series lineup.

For most, the base recipe is familiar. Boulevard Chocolate Ale has been a popular part of the Smokestack Series for a few years now. Boulevard collaborated with chocolate genius Christopher Elbow in order to get the chocolatey nuances right.

Here in January, 2016,  the brewery has released a fun spin on the popular chocolate recipe, this time with raspberries.

We’re always looking for playful new ways to approach the art of brewing, so we invited back celebrated chocolatier Christopher Elbow  to reimagine our very popular collaboration, Chocolate Ale. Elbow has earned a worldwide reputation for his ability to harmonize all kinds of flavors with chocolate. For this exciting new version has has paired the bright flavors and aromas of raspberry for a fresh take on an old favorite.

Boulevard Chocolate Ale with Raspberry is a 750 milliliter offering. A limited part of the brewery’s ongoing Smokestack Series.

Style: American Strong Ale (w/ Chocolate, Raspberry)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft
Release: Mid-January, 2016

9.1% ABV

Read More: Boulevard Smokestack Series 

Posted in Coming Soon, Fonta Flora Brewery

Fonta Flora Sal De Gusano joins triple bottle release day

Fonta Flora Sal De Gusano

Fonta Flora Sal De Gusano will join two other special releases on January 16th.

While the other two releases – Sun Gold, and Land Trust are lighter offerings, Fonta Flora Sal De Gusano is an imperial stout. The 11.2% alcohol by volume imperial stout has been aged in mezcal barrels with cacao nibs from Asheville, North Carolina’s French Broad Chocolates. Additionally the beer features organic vanilla beans and Outer Banks sea salt.

All three beers release at a special brewery party on January 16th.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans, Sea Salt. Barrel Aged. Mezcal.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles. Limited.

Release: 1/16/16

11.2% ABV

Posted in Monday Night Brewing, New Releases

Monday Night Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt [Released]

Monday Night Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt

Monday Night Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt launches Atlanta, Georgia based brewery’s “Clip-On Series” lineup.

The Clip-On Series is a side project for Monday Night, taking one of the brewery’s tried and true offerings and switching it up a bit. The first release was Serrano Eye Patch Ale, followed by Blood Orange Blind PirateSoon, a cinnamon cocoa spin on their scotch ale Drafty Kilt will grace the series.

Cinnamon is a versatile spice. You can stir it into oatmeal , add it to chili, and even snort it (not recommend). We thought we’d add it to our already delicious Drafty Kilt as a special treat. The addition of cocoa nibs makes this treat even more indulgent. Refined notes of spice and dark chocolate abound, making this beer perfect for a cold winter (week)night.

Monday Night Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt is a draft, and12 ounce bottle offering.

Style: Scotch Ale (w/ Cinnamon, Cocoa)
Hops: Columbus, Willamette
Malts: Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Cherrywood Smoked, Crystal

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. One-off release.
Release: January, 2016

7.2% ABV